I’ve realized that, despite my foolish conviction that this time would be different, I will always be afflicted with generic ADD. The hip-hop phase that began last December and culminated in me starting this Tumblr - which did give me the chance to air my various rap-related grievances for a few weeks - ended about a month ago. Since then, I’ve cycled through electro, country, jangle pop, post-punk, extended artist-specific jaunts, specifically Tom Waits and the Band - RIP Levon - and now I’ve settled into a nice Muscle Shoals groove (ooh! pun!).
But the hip-hop phase is over, indeed: I don’t have the same feverish interest in finding all the new hip-hop I could, and so I no longer feel qualified to render my opinion on the genre. That job I leave to the big dogs: Ruby Hornet, the FADER, Passion of the Weiss, just to name a few. I’d just be a drop in the bucket, a tourist in a world I won’t live in.
And I’m sorry for seeming a tease, or appearing a dilettante. I really wanted to commit to a genre, be an expert in a style. But, alas, it was a pipe dream: I will remain an ADD squirrel.
Or a Renaissance man. Depends on your perspective, I guess.
One last track for old time’s sake: the GOOD music crew’s vicious remix of Chicago rapper Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like.” Kanye, Pusha, Big Sean, Jadakiss, and Keef himself spit furious verses over a loping, Lex Luger-style paint-stripper from producer Young Chops (who’s not super pleased about said remix). Know what I don’t like? Abandoning a project.